Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Interdisciplinary Studies Major

Find Schools Near

Interdisciplinary Studies

5,259 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
141 Master's Degrees Annually
#75 in Popularity

Types of Degrees Interdisciplinary Studies Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many interdisciplinary studies graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 5,264
Associate’s Degree 524
Basic Certificate 163
Master’s Degree 141
Undergraduate Certificate 54
Graduate Certificate 30
Doctor’s Degree 3

What Interdisciplinary Studies Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, interdisciplinary studies majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Interdisciplinary Studies Majors

Interdisciplinary Studies majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

undefined
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Interdisciplinary Studies Majors

interdisciplinary studies majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

undefined
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies?

5,264 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
62% Percent Women
40% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 5,259 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in 2018, making it rank #75 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 62% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of interdisciplinary studies majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Interdisciplinary Studies Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 120
Black or African American 1,074
Hispanic or Latino 699
White 2,927
International Students 103
Other Races/Ethnicities 341

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Interdisciplinary Studies, too. About 2.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Mexico
  • India

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies was $28,900 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $27,200 (25th percentile) and $32,200 (75th percentile).

undefined

It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to interdisciplinary studies.

Online Interdisciplinary Studies Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 266 schools offered some type of interdisciplinary studies program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 7 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 42 8
Bachelor’s Degree 5 0
Post-Baccalaureate 7 0
Master’s Degree 30 5
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 7 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to interdisciplinary studies.

Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 34,540
Biological & Physical Science 27,751
International Studies 8,097
Nutrition Science 4,990
Behavioral Science 4,502
Natural Sciences 2,445
Cognitive Science 1,875
Sustainability Science 1,682
Gerontology 1,380
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 1,297
Human Computer Interaction 1,146
Human Biology 1,066
Science, Technology & Society 1,060
Mathematics & Computer Science 833
Museum Studies 778
Systems Theory 694
Computational Science 619
Dispute Resolution 583
Historic Preservation 446
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 416
Classical & Ancient Studies 315
Marine Science 243
Cultural Studies & Analysis 236
Biopsychology 158
Medieval Studies 119
Holocaust Studies 54
Accounting & Computer Science 45
Maritime Studies 15

References

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Schools

Find Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited colleges across the U.S.